The Irvin Cobb Championships have taken place every year for the past 84 years on the third weekend in July. The tournament, named after Paducah native Irvin S. Cobb, is one of the premier golf tournaments in Kentucky.
Cobb was an American author, humorist, editor and columnist and appreciated a good bourbon. He was known as a ‘whisky lovin’ man. One of his well-known books was a whiskey novel Red Likker published in 1929. Whiskey/Bourbon is the ‘ice tea’ of Kentucky.
In addition to bourbon, “the South’ is quite fond of homemade lemonade. Made with fresh squeezed lemons, sugar, and ice, it’s a treat that helps beat the heat. If you combine the two, bourbon and lemonade, you’ll have the drink “THE COBB”.
Two slightly muddled mint leaves
Shot of bourbon (I prefer Woodford Reserve)
Sugar rimmed glass
Juice of a whole lemon
T. of simple sugar
Sparkling water (lime)
Lemon slice and sprig of mint for garnish
Rim the glass with sugar, gently muddle two mint leaves, add crushed ice, pour a shot of bourbon, combine the lemon juice and simple sugar then pour into the glass, fill the remainder of the glass with lime sparkling water, stir, garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.